How two young female entrepreneurs built a $4M publishing empire with custom entertainment magazines

3 years ago by in Best of The Web, Mentors Unplugged Tagged:
zinepak“We love it when people are surprised that the “brains” behind the business are two twenty-something women. It’s always fun to see the surprised looks on the faces of old-school executives when they mistake us for “sales girls” and ask us who is in charge.” - ZinePak Founders

Female entrepreneurs and ZinePak Founders, Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe, have sold more than a million ‘ZinePaks’ in the last 2-years at Walmart for artists like The Biebs, Taylor Swift, No Doubt and KISS, and brands like Dove, Dr. Pepper and KIDZ BOP.  ZinePak’s are custom entertainment magazines for musicians, celebrities, brands and entertainers.  They write and design the exclusive content in each ‘ZinePak” and manufacture one-of-a-kind merchandise for every package to create a custom, small-format fan magazine with original merchandise and media, usually a CD or DVD.

With just four full-time employees and about 20 freelancer writers, designers, proofreaders and fact-checkers, Brittany and Kim, have managed to rake in $2.6 million in revenue last year, with projections to exceed $4 million this year!

Don’t miss ZinePak’s full story on Young Entrepreneur on how they approached Walmart with their proof-of-concept and why they haven’t raised funding.

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